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(alglucosidase alfa) Injectable for Intravenous Infusion



Life-threatening anaphylactic, severe allergic and immune mediated reactions have been observed in some patients during MYOZYME® infusions. Therefore, appropriate medical support should be readily available when MYOZYME is administered. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]

Risk of Cardiorespiratory Failure

Patients with compromised cardiac or respiratory function may be at risk for serious acute exacerbation of their cardiac or respiratory compromise due to infusion reactions, and require additional monitoring. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]


MYOZYME (alglucosidase alfa), a lysosomal glycogen-specific enzyme, consists of the human enzyme acid α-glucosidase (GAA), encoded by the most predominant of nine observed haplotypes of this gene. MYOZYME is produced by recombinant DNA technology in a Chinese hamster ovary cell line. The MYOZYME manufacturing process differs from that for LUMIZYME®, resulting in differences in some product attributes. Alglucosidase alfa degrades glycogen by catalyzing the hydrolysis of α-1,4- and α-1,6- glycosidic linkages of lysosomal glycogen.

Alglucosidase alfa is a glycoprotein with a calculated mass of 99,377 daltons for the polypeptide chain, and a total mass of approximately 110 kilo Daltons, including carbohydrates. Alglucosidase alfa has a specific activity of 3 to 5 U/mg (one unit is defined as that amount of activity that results in the hydrolysis of 1 μmole of synthetic substrate per minute under the specified assay conditions). MYOZYME is intended for intravenous infusion. It is supplied as a sterile, nonpyrogenic, white to off-white, lyophilized cake or powder for reconstitution with 10.3 mL

Sterile Water for Injection, USP. Each 50 mg vial contains 52.5 mg alglucosidase alfa, 210 mg mannitol, 0.5 mg polysorbate 80, 9.9 mg sodium phosphate dibasic heptahydrate, 31.2 mg sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate. Following reconstitution as directed, each vial contains 10.5 mL reconstituted solution and a total extractable volume of 10 mL at 5.0 mg/mL alglucosidase alfa. MYOZYME does not contain preservatives; each vial is for single use only.

What are the possible side effects of alglucosidase alfa (Lumizyme, Myozyme)?

Some people receiving an injection of alglucosidase alfa have had a reaction to the infusion. This type of reaction can occur when the medicine is injected into the vein, or as long as 3 hours after the injection. Tell your caregivers or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of these signs of a severe allergic reaction:

  • feeling like you might pass out, even while lying down;
  • feeling restless, nervous, dizzy, or nauseated;
  • pale skin, redness under your skin, sweating, feeling hot or cold;
  • fast or slow heart...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 12/5/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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